dEnk (3375) - Den Haag, - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma has big tart red fruit, brett, wood and wine. Flavour is big fruits, not as tart as one might expect, but very refreshing and fruity. Nice one.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle drunk fresh, provided by the owner of Sunset Grill. Possibly the only nice or generous thing the guy has done in his life.
There was a bunch of buzz going on about Allagash’s spontaneous program, and I thought the bar was going to be getting some of that. So I was actually disappointed that this is what we got instead. Ha, quite ironic, as this stuff was just dynamite.
Small but somewhat retained rose-tinted head tops a deep, ruby-red body. Good clarity and plentiful carbonation.
Beautifully tart in the nose and a wonderful balance of raspberry seed, juice and brett acids. Hints of acetic acid are very well-downplayed, with a light touch of oaky vanilla on the end. Very vibrant raspberry character, yet this is decidedly not a cup of sour fruit juice (like 3F Intens Red and Madame Rose). Enough malt character carries through. No alcohol or fusels noted, which is always impressive once you start getting to these levels.
Tart and juicy in the mouth, it’s not exactly a brett-bomb but it’s pretty close. I like that the raspberries are pretty equally expressive, but neither dominates. Maltiness provides body without sweetness and the carbonation is ample and tight, giving a very lambic-like mouthfeel. Vanilla grows on the finish, with light oak and deeper raspberry flesh notes. No alcohol noted in flavor, barely any warming even. Nicely dry at all points. Would love to drink more of this some day, though looking at some of the recent reviews, perhaps this one was better fresh?
jkwalking05 (3393) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Cloudy amber with an average sized off-white head. Aroma is tart with brown sugar and funk. Taste is tart with cherries and berries, funk and a nice oak finish.
travita (3652) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to mar. The smell is sour, fruits, wood, funky, and good. The taste is tart, light fruits, wood, and ok. The look is murky, no head, and golden in color.
madmitch76 (13066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
23rd November 2012
THE Fruit Sour tasting. Cloudy amber beer, little cream coloured head. Mild minerally freshness, trace of lactose. Dry and milky red berry fruits. Finishes lightly sour with lactose and seltzer - orange. Mellow.
Leighton (9641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at The Fruit Sour Tasting, London - many thanks to Ken for this rare Allagash. Pours cloudy, golden brown with a fine, white cream head. Tangy-bready aroma, some lemon and berries. Medium sweet flavor with sugary malts, bread, fruits, ample tang. Light to medium in body with fine, soft carbonation. Light to medium sweet finish, some bitter minerals, lemon and tangy bread. This beer seems to be well and passed its prime. While still decent, there was really nothing very exciting here (as I would have expected given the beer’s reputation). If you have this beer I would recommend you drink it now.
jackl (3780) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ THE fruit sour tasting. Cheers to Ken! The pour’s hazy brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is raspberry jam, metal, some grapenut breakfast cereal. The taste is jam, light honeyed bread. Slight red berry vinous tang. Nice balance, not overly sweet. Mild funk on the finish. Overall, a solid sour.
Scopey (5298) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Ken at THE fruit sour tasting. It pours cloudy deep amber-brown with a thin beige head. The nose is raspberry yoghurt, red grapefruit, tart strawberry, jam and wood. The taste is rather mellow, raspberry, red grapefruit, vinous aspect, earth, wood, vanilla and pithy citrus with a tart finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A tasty beverage, but there is not much to it.
Huhzubendah (2231) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!
The beer is dark copper with a thin head. The aroma is complex and quite alluring. Dark fruits, toffee, oak, yeast. The taste brings raisins, prunes, toffee, oak, yeast. Nice tartness in the finish. Everything comes together well. A truly delicious beer. Light to medium in body with moderately low carbonation. This is certainly one of the best wild ales from Allagash.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle share. A great surprise to see this come out. Pours a reddish brown. Aroma hints at the sourness. Taste has a bit of raspberry followed by a mellow sour note. Well balanced between those two flavors.